People are denied opportunities to succeed in academia because of discrimination. The mission of the Life Science Editors Foundation is to accelerate equity in science. To achieve our mission, we will channel the diverse knowledge and expertise of the scientific community, including current and former journal editors, grant specialists, technical writers and researchers.

Board of Directors

  • Dr. Angela Andersen

    Co Founder, Co-Director

    Dr. Angela Andersen

    Co Founder, Co-Director

    Angela studied catalytic RNA during her PhD (University of Toronto), X-chromosome inactivation as a postdoc (UCSF), and epigenetics and cancer as a Research Associate (HCI, OMRF). She was a Journal Editor at Cell for almost four years and co-founded and co-runs Life Science Editors BV and Life Science Editors Foundation.

  • Dr. Valentina Greco

    Secretary

    Dr. Valentina Greco

    Secretary

    Valentina received her PhD in developmental and cell biology at EMBL-MPI-CBG, Germany followed by postdoctoral training in tissue homeostasis and repair at Rockefeller University, USA. She started her laboratory at Yale in 2009, where her lab focuses on understanding principles of stem cell biology. She is a Professor in the Genetics Department, and her lab is funded by grants from National Institute of Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

  • Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina

    Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina

    Giovanna received her PhD in Neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by work in science policy at the National Academies, the NIH, and the Van Andel Institute. Since 2012 she has been the Executive Director of Ciencia Puerto Rico. She is also the Director of the Yale Ciencia Initiative at Yale University School of Medicine and Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of Yale’s Wu Tsai Institute. These positions allow her to lead programs to promote more inclusive academic environments. Her work is funded by grants from the NIH/NIGMS and the Science Sandbox of the Simons Foundation, among others.

  • Dr. Mandë Holford

    Dr. Mandë Holford

    Mandë received her PhD in protein chemistry from Rockefeller University followed by an interdisciplinary, NSF postdoctoral fellowship to study venomous snails at University of Utah, Paris Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and Max Delbruck Research Center. She is an Associate Professor at CUNY Hunter College and The CUNY Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine. Her lab studies how venom evolved in animals and identifies novel venom peptides for use in research and medicine. She cofounded the award-winning EdTech company Killer Snails, which uses computer games to teach K-12 science.

  • Dr. Sabbi Lall

    Chair of the Board

    Dr. Sabbi Lall

    Chair of the Board

    Sabbi studied Developmental Genetics as a graduate student (Oxford), and microRNA-mediated regulation as a postdoc (NYU). She was a Journal Editor for five years at Nature Publishing Group and five years at Cell Press, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of Cell Reports. She is a Scientific Editor with Life Science Editors BV and Life Science Editors Foundation.

  • Dr. Helen Pickersgill

    Co Founder, Co-Director

    Dr. Helen Pickersgill

    Co Founder, Co-Director

    Helen studied cell biology during her PhD at the Paterson Institute in Manchester, UK, and gained postdoctoral experience in molecular and cancer biology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, and the Whitehead Institute, U.S. She was a Journal Editor at Developmental Cell for a year, and then at Science for five years. She co-founded and co-runs Life Science Editors BV and Life Science Editors Foundation.

  • Dr. Alana Welm

    Dr. Alana Welm

    Alana received her PhD in Cell and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine followed by postdoctoral training in cancer biology at UCSF. She started her laboratory at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) in 2007, where her lab focuses on breast cancer metastasis. She is a Professor and Senior Director of Basic Science at HCI. Her lab is funded by grants from the NCI, DoD, and various foundations.

  • Dr. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

    Vice Chair of the Board

    Dr. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

    Vice Chair of the Board

    Magda received her PhD in developmental biology at Warsaw University followed by postdoctoral training on embryonic stem cells at the University of Cambridge. She is a Professor at the University of Cambridge (UK) and at the California Institute of Technology (USA). Magda studies how cells in the early mammalian embryo make decisions to drive proper development. Her lab is funded by grants from the National Institute of Health, Wellcome, European Research Council, and various foundations.

Team

  • Dr. Marie Bao

    Dr. Marie Bao

    Former Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Cell and a Leading Edge Editor at Cell. Currently the Director of Research Administration of the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.

  • Dr. Stacie Dodgson

    Dr. Stacie Dodgson

    Former Cell Journal Editor, with a primary focus on genetics, genomics, and immunology. Currently Scientific Strategy Manager at the Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology

  • Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff

    Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff

    Former Journal Editor at Cell. Currently a global health correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk, author of “Hunt, Gather, Parent”.

  • Dr. Carol Featherstone

    Dr. Carol Featherstone

    Former Journal Editor of Trends in Cell Biology. Currently Scientific Editor at Life Science Editors and at Plume Scientific Communication services.

  • Dr. Caroline Hendry

    Dr. Caroline Hendry

    Former Journal Editor at Development. Currently the Scientific Director and Advisor to the Chair at Yale Department of Genetics.

  • Dr. Shawna Hiley

    Dr. Shawna Hiley

    Former Post Secondary Educator and Freelance Editor. Currently Grants Editor and Writing Coach at Life Science Editors.

  • Dr. Rosy Hosking

    Dr. Rosy Hosking

    Former Journal Editor, Cell. Currently member of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research.

  • Dr. Milka Kostic

    Dr. Milka Kostic

    Former Editor-in-Chief at Structure and Cell Chemical Biology. Currently Program Director, Chemical Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Scientific Editor at Life Science Editors.

  • Dr. Connie Lee

    Dr. Connie Lee

    Former Journal Editor, Cell. Currently Associate Dean for Basic Science at the University of Chicago.

  • Dr. Christina Lilliehook

    Dr. Christina Lilliehook

    Former Journal Editor, Cell Stem Cell (Deputy Editor). Currently Scientific Editor at Life Science Editors and Senior Science Writer at RA Capital Management, L.P.

  • Dr. Emilie Marcus

    Dr. Emilie Marcus

    Former Journal Editor, Cell (Editor-in-Chief, CEO Cell Press). Currently Executive Strategy Officer at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.

  • Dr. Brandi Mattson

    Dr. Brandi Mattson

    Former Journal Editor, Neuron. Currently Strategy and Science Manager, Neurodegeneration Consortium.

  • Dr. Kristen Mueller

    Dr. Kristen Mueller

    Former Journal Editor, Science. Currently Senior Director, Scientific Program of the Melanoma Research Alliance.

  • Dr. Becca Parker

    Dr. Becca Parker

    Currently, Medical Writer and Editor, ARUP Laboratories.

  • Dr. April Pawluk

    Dr. April Pawluk

    Former Journal Editor at Cell, Molecular Cell, Cell Reports. Currently, Strategic Program Manager for the Harvard Chan Microbiome in Public Health Center.

  • Dr. John Pham

    Dr. John Pham

    Previously, Journal Editor at Molecular Cell. Currently, Editor-in-Chief at Cell.

  • Dr. Guy Riddihough

    Dr. Guy Riddihough

    Former Journal Editor, Science, Nature, PNAS etc. Currently Scientific Editor at Life Science Editors.

  • Dr. Josephine Rodriguez

    Dr. Josephine Rodriguez

    Associate Professor of Biology, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Wise, Virginia. Current PI of an NSF S-STEM and NSF ADVANCE project.

  • Dr. Diana Stafforini

    Dr. Diana Stafforini

    Associate Director at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Grants Editor at Life Science Editors.

  • Dr. Li-Kuo Su

    Dr. Li-Kuo Su

    Former Editor-in-Chief at Cancer Cell. Currently Scientific Editor at Life Science Editors.

  • Dr. Matt Velinder

    Dr. Matt Velinder

    Clinical genomics team leader at University of Utah and Language Editor at Life Science Editors.

  • Dr. Usha Vivegananthan

    Dr. Usha Vivegananthan

    Academic Coordinator, Biotechnology Programs and Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Chemical and Environmental Technology, School of Engineering Technology, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Canada

  • Dr. Ellen Wilson

    Dr. Ellen Wilson

    Previously, Research Development (Director), Writer and Editor at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Currently, Grants Editor with Life Science Editors.

  • Dr. Katrina Woolcock

    Dr. Katrina Woolcock

    Former Journal Editor at Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Currently Scientific Editor at Life Science Editors.

If you would like to apply to be a volunteer on our team, please email Angela (angela.andersen@lifescienceeditors.org) or Helen (helen.pickersgill@lifescienceeditors.org).